Geneseo Interfaith Service Project 2017-2018

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In the spring of 2011, college campuses across the nation were invited to participate in a year of service that would bring together people from diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds to collectively serve their communities. Geneseo is pleased to continue participation in this initiative in 2017-18.  Each year GISP chooses a new campus focus.  

The 2017-2018 GISP theme is Discovering Sacrifice: Givers, Takers, Survivors and Thrivers.

GISP February Events: Dinner and Dialogue; Celebration of Love

GISP Dinner & Dialogue 

Tuesday, February 6, 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Geneseo Interfaith Center

The Sixth Annual Geneseo Interfaith Service Project (GISP) Community Dinner & Dialogue is one of the featured events in the GISP Series. The 2017-2018 theme is Discovering Sacrifice: Givers, Takers, Survivors and Thrivers.  This year we will hear from three diverse voices: Mary Pitcher’s experiences caring for an aging loved one, Jim DeCamp’s experiences as a Vietnam veteran, and Efrian, a migrant worker living in America. Participants will enjoy a free meal courtesy of the Philanthropic Chefs, the Center for Community, and Geneseo Interfaith Center.

To register for this event:  Students:

Community Members:

or by calling the InterFaith Center at 585-243-1460

heart clipartCelebration of Love

Tuesday, February 13, 2:30 – 4:00 pm | MacVittie College Union Lobby 
How does your culture interpret love? This event, hosted by the Geneseo Interfaith Service Project (GISP), is intended to spark dialog about multiple interpretations of love among different religions and cultural groups. All cultural and faith-based organizations are invited to participate in this special event.  

labyrinth clipartLabyrinth Path of Peace

Tuesday, February 13, 10:00am – 7:00 pm | MacVittie College Union Lobby 

In conjunction with the Celebration for Love, the GISP Labyrinth Path of Peach will be open in the MacVittie Ballroom. For more information on the Labyrinth, check out the Labyrinth Path of Peace brochure

Pbk logoGeneseo Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Annual Lecture:

Drawing Personality Out of a Stone: Environmental Possibilities in the Worship of
Natural Entities in India by David L. Haberman

Thursday, February 22, 2018, | Doty Recital Hall, 4:00 PM
Reception in Doty Foyer immediately following the lecture

Geneseo's Phi Beta Kappa chapter is proud to announce that this year's annual lecture will be delivered by David L. Haberman, Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. A leading authority on South Asian religions, Hinduism, and religion and the environment, Dr. Haberman is the author of eight books including River of Love in an Age of Pollution: The Yamuna River of Northern India (California), Acting as a Way of Salvation (Oxford), and People Trees: The Worship of Trees in Northern India (Oxford). In addition to his public lecture, Dr. Haberman will be visiting classrooms and meeting informally with students and faculty on Wednesday and Thursday of that week.


GISP events from earlier this college year:

MLK DAY FLYERRev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Leadership & Service 

Monday, January 15, 9:45 – 3:00 pm | MacVittie College Union Ballroom-- Registration Required*

This day of leadership and service is planned as an intergenerational and interfaith event with SUNY Geneseo students and area senior citizen volunteers learning and working together on important community outreach efforts. The program includes a keynote address by Dr. Stacey Robertson on "Using History to Make Slavery History." Morning also includes a choice of one hour GOLD workshops. Lunch is with special guest, Lulu Westbrooks-Griffin, who will share her story as a young black girl arrested and imprisoned for protesting at a whites-only movie theatre in Americus, Georgia in 1963. After lunch, participants will work on hands-on projects such as hygiene kits for food pantries, backpack lunches for low income K-12 students in area schools and more. Musical selections by student soloists will be interspersed throughout the day.

The GOLD Program at SUNY Geneseo is partnering with Student & Campus Life, Center for Community, Multicultural Programs & Services, Volunteerism & Service Learning, Residence Life, Student Life, Student Association, Geneseo Interfaith Service Project, Campus Auxiliary Services, Livingston CARES and the Livingston County Office for the Aging to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Participants should plan to stay for the entire program from 10am to 3pm. * Students register via GOLD; Livingston County Senior Citizen register by calling the Office for the Aging at 585-243-7520.

Dr. King Day of Leadership and Service Program 2018

Projects & Cover of Program 2018
Schedule & Workshops 2018

Using History to Make Slavery History 

Using History to Make Slavery History - S. Robertson Keynote 1.15.18


Visit faith-based or religious-interest groups, places of worship, and events around Geneseo and in Rochester.  The flyer will lists special events for September 17th to 24th, 2017,  but you may use this resource for the whole year. Download the flyer as a pdf.

Better Together Week Faith & Culture Events 2017

MacVittie Lecture: Racialized Religion: Understanding Faith in the United States

 Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 – 8:30 pm | Doty Recital Hall

The MacVittie Lecture Series - named in memory of SUNY Geneseo President Emeritus Robert W. MacVittie and his wife, the late Margaret (Peggy) MacVittie - brings prominent theologians to campus to examine issues as they relate to questions of ultimate existence. The 2017 MacVittie Theological Lecture will feature Imam Khalid Latif. Imam Latif is the Executive Director and Chaplain for the Islamic Center at NYU and also the Chaplain for the NYC Police Department. Latif has been a spokesperson and advocate for interfaith understanding and cross-cultural dialogue. This event is cosponsored by the MacVittie Lecture Committee, the Office of the President, GOLD, and the Geneseo Interfaith Service Project (GISP). 
Instructor: Khalid Latif - Executive Director and Chaplin (Iman), Islamic Center for New York University (NYU)

DOWNLOAD MacVittie Lecture Flyer

2017 MacVittie Lecture Flyer

GISP Dinner Dialogue: Discovering Sacrifice: Givers, Takers, Survivors and Thrivers